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Madhouse (2008)

Richard James Baker , Allison Biggers , Ovidio G. Assonitis  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard James Baker, Allison Biggers, Trish Everly, Jerry Fujikawa, Morgan Hart
  • Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5C1G2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Beautiful do-gooder Julia (Trish Everly) and her insane, hideously deformed twin sister Mary (Allison Biggers) have a hard time occupying the same room, let alone the same town, without Mary either brandishing a butcher knife or letting her giant killer dog come out to play. Their uncle, Father James (Dennis Robertson), presses for reconciliation but to no avail. With their mutual birthday fast approaching, Mary escapes from the local asylum. Soon thereafter, the bodies of Julia s friends and students mount around her. But is Mary actually the killer?

-Includes new featurette with writer-producer-director Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, Tentacles), created exclusively for this release
-Available for the first time ever on DVD in North America
-Uncut, uncensored, and new transfer from rare vault materials

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good chiller September 14, 2008
"Madhouse" is one of the better films that was previously on the "banned" list of so-called video nasties in the UK. Which is why I originally sought it out in the 1980's. It didn't really deserve it's place on the list, but it's easy to spot the scene that probably put it there...which I will get to later.

Built around a slasher/crazed relative plot, the film stands above it's rivals due to some really good cinematography. The story tells of a young teacher named Julia (Trish Everly) who has lived under the shadow of her abusive sister Mary since childhood. Her adult life has been relatively peaceful until news reaches her that Mary is suffering from a disfiguring disease and wants to see her. Julia's visit to the hospital is one among several scenes that stayed in my mind. As she walks through the ward, the atmosphere is quite dreamlike, with the room seeming like a huge white theatre, festooned in curtains. Mary makes for a rather belligerent and ungrateful patient however, and Julia's life is turned upside down by this encounter with her cruel sibling, and in the days following the visit, people around her start dying.

The film is enjoyable and capable of sustaining interest throughout it's running time. Trish Everly makes a very likeable heroine, and a lot of trouble is taken to gain the viewers sympathies for her, especially in the early scenes set in the school for deaf children where she works. She's rather timid, but armed with a fairly good script, she makes for an appealing heroine. Another good character is the fiesty girl friend who agrees to sleep over in Julia's apartment when events start to take a more sinister turn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome home Mary. March 1, 2014
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An Italian production, written directed & produced by an Egyptian filmmaker, with american actors. How many films are like that? Madhouse was made in the golden age of slasher cinema. It's underrated and pretty much forgotten.

Story: Julia is a teacher for hearing impaired kids, with a boyfriend, and an awful secret. Julia has a maniacal twin sister, who is suffering from a disease, which causes her deformity. Mary is her name and she wants to make Julia suffer. Soon Mary escapes, with the help of her trusty canine companion, mayhem ensues, just in time for Mary and Julia's birthday.

Strengths: Decent story, good acting, decent characters, good effects, terrific score/soundtrack, foreboding atmosphere, great eerie sets, and a good cast.

Weaknesses: At times a few scenes drag, but the film remains an overall decent pace.

Fun Facts: Had a spot on the video nasties list. Had other titles, there was a little girl, and when she was bad. The film was released about the same time as Happy Birthday To Me, and just like it, features a macabre dinner party.

Final Thoughts: Its definitely better than some of its other slasher siblings, like, The Slayer (1981). I love the antagonists, they're wicked and twisted, especially our actual lead killer, not Mary or her dog, but rather a surprise maniac. I really adore the film's score and soundtrack. The film throws several aspects from other films into its plot, Halloween, Happy Birthday To Me, etc. Overall I like Madhouse it's not that bad.

Disc Content:
Main Feature
Photo Gallery
Scene selection

My rating: DVD 3/5 Film 3.9/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable obscurity July 22, 2004
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This obscurity was actually a lot more enjoyable to me than any Dario Argento films I've seen. It concerns Julia (Trish Everly), a teacher of deaf kids, who has a deformed, evil twin sister named Mary. Mary escapes from the hospital and kills off Julia's friends with the help of her vicious Rottweiler. Of course, nobody believes Julia's stories, and don't get me wrong: MADHOUSE is full of cliches. But it's also fast-paced, features good acting, a solid screenplay, lots of gore, inventive visuals and cinematography, and has a nice, sick sense of humor about itself. I would strongly recommend it to horror and slasher film fans who are getting bored with the standard black-gloved killer giallos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic horror March 13, 2011
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Different from all the other slashers from the early 80's. Unique and one of a kind movie. I really enjoyed the movie alot. Great plot. Kept me interested the whole time. The only thing I didn't like about this film was the fact that Sasha was killed. Didn't think that needed to happen. Other than that, EXCELLENT!
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars " Dreadful" June 21, 2009
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This movie was almost impossible to watch. I have seen far worst movies prior to watching this one. This movie didn't have any real plots!! The Uncle was more demented then her Twin sibling sort of speaks. The director of this movie tries very hard, to make it appear as if the sister was about the entire plot, when it really was the Uncle. Which wasn't very hard to see? The entire movie didn't leave much to my imagination. For Example, the directors of basic instinct incorporate various psychological plots, whereas, I had to watch this movie twice in order to get a full understanding. The credits supposedly give the viewer's and idea of what to expect. I learned that credits can also be mis-leading from time to time...........Some viewers may clarify the meaning of what they come to believe what a artistic performance maybe. But on the other hand, each and every person is entitle to their own understanding of what a good movie maybe consist of............ This movie doesn't deserve 4 star rating from my standpoint.
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